3D Printed Lacrosse Balls: Will It Break or Bounce?

Each 3D Printing material has its own application, and many materials are known for their durability. We put 9 materials to the test to see whether they would break or bounce in this high-velocity impact lacrosse experiment!

By Shilpa Garg · May 16, 2018

At Xometry, we’ve tested the impact resistance of 3D printed parts in a few processes in the past, but now we're diving deeper and exploring more polymers and infill options.

We offer dozens of 3D printed polymers that you can instantly price online at Xometry.com. They all have their strengths and ideal applications, but polymers in general are known for their durability.

So, how do we test that durability? High velocity impact, of course! And sometimes the best way to do that….is by throwing stuff at a wall. To honor the start of the spring sports season, what better method than a Maryland favorite: lacrosse.

So grab your safety glasses and see what happens when we put balls-to-the-wall!


These are the materials we tested and what we suspected would happen:

ProcessMaterial

Hypothesis

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

Nylon 12, dyed green

Nylon 12, glass-filled

No break

Possible chipping

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)

ABS-M30, solid

ABS-M30, ultralight

Polycarbonate, solid

Nylon 12, solid

Ultem 9085, solid

No break

Dent or break

Chip

No break

No break

PolyJet

Multi-material rigid

Shore A 50 rubber-like

Chip or shatter

Coarse tearing

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